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See the plans for the Former Magistrates Court

News release issued:

Residents and businesses are invited to a public exhibition of the proposed plans for the former Magistrates Court in Kidderminster.

On Thursday 9 September, Council officers and representatives from architects Burrell Foley Fischer will be on hand for informal discussions on the proposed plans and display boards for the proposed transformation.

The temporary exhibition will be staged on the Coronation Gardens opposite the Former Magistrates Court from 3pm to 6pm.

The public exhibition will enable local people and interested visitors to see and discuss plans that are detailed in the planning application which has recently been submitted to Wyre Forest District Council.

Architects Burrell Foley Fischer, working in consultation with NWedR on behalf of Wyre Forest District Council have submitted the application which will transform the Former Magistrates Court building in Worcester Street, Kidderminster town centre.

Plans for the site transform the space into a cultural and creative hub. The space provides a range of flexible work, performance and production spaces and co-working areas in the main buildings and historic former weaving sheds.

Councillor Helen Dyke, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said

“We invite anyone interested in this transformation project to come along and see what is being proposed. We are looking forward to progressing with the development of this site which is being made possible through The Future High Streets Fund (FHSF) – the Government funding initiative to transform struggling high streets. Kidderminster has been awarded £20.5 million from this fund and we have three major projects underway which are all part of our long-term vision.  Our overall intention is to improve connectivity across town and redevelop key sites which are the former Crown House/Bullring area, Worcester Street and the Former Magistrates Court.”

On submitting the planning application, Aidan Ridyard (Worcester based) from Burrell Foley Fischer (BFF) said

“BFF are privileged to be working on this project which will create a unique public building, opening up the previously hidden spaces behind the 1879 façade of the original carpet factory, as a new home for the creative industries in Kidderminster and a new hub for the community. The historic Grade II Listed buildings will be retained and refurbished, giving them a sustainable future, as an integral part of the vision, supported by carefully designed new interventions which reference the Town’s Heritage.”

Councillor Helen Dyke concluded

“Our remit for the Former Magistrates Court redevelopment is that it provides an iconic yet affordable space that will be a magnet for the people of Kidderminster and a hub for creativity and innovation for many years to come.”

It is anticipated that this application will be considered by the Planning Committee by the end of the year.

For more information on the development of the Former magistrates Court in Kidderminster, visit www.nwedr.org.uk/invest/major-projects/wyre-forest/former-magistrates-court and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NorthWorcsEDR.

The full planning application can be viewed on the Council’s planning portal reference: Simple Search (wyreforestdc.gov.uk). When you click on the link you will need to add in the reference number (21/0783/FUL) in order to take you to the application and to see all the details.

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